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ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway -- Going behind the curtain to capture the most controversial, passionate, risky and high-profile Broadway season in decades.


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Alissa Anderegg ... Herself

Kristen Anderson-Lopez ... Herself
Rob Ashford ... Himself
Chris Boneau ... Himself
Ben Brantley ... Himself
Harrison Chad ... Himself

Carol Channing ... Herself

Kristin Chenoweth ... Herself

Wayne Cilento ... Himself
Hope Clarke ... Herself

Jennifer Cody ... Herself

Dioni Michelle Collins ... Herself
Nancy Marlowe Coyne ... Herself

Alan Cumming ... Himself

Stephanie D'Abruzzo ... Herself

Raúl Esparza ... Himself

Edie Falco ... Herself

Harvey Fierstein ... Himself
David Finkle ... Himself

Boy George ... Himself

William Goldman ... Himself
Robyn Goodman ... Herself
Lori Holmes ... Herself - in Taboo
Charles Isherwood ... Himself

Hugh Jackman ... Himself
Donna Karger ... Herself

Pat Kiernan ... Himself

Billie Jean King ... Herself

Tony Kushner ... Himself
John Lahr ... Himself
Rocco Landesman ... Himself

Nathan Lane ... Himself

Cyndi Lauper ... Herself
Jacques le Sourd ... Himself

Jennifer Lebeau ... Herself

John Leguizamo ... Himself

LL Cool J ... Himself

Robert Lopez ... Himself

Joe Mantello ... Himself

Rob Marshall ... Himself
Jeff Marx ... Himself
Ron Marx ... Himself
Wendy Marx ... Herself

Kevin McCollum ... Himself
Andrew McKeough ... Himself

Idina Menzel ... Herself

Jerry Mitchell ... Himself
Jason Moore ... Himself
Euan Morton ... Himself

Rosie O'Donnell ... Herself
Stephen Oremus ... Himself
Brad Oscar ... Himself
Patrick Pacheco ... Himself

Sarah Jessica Parker ... Herself

Tonya Pinkins ... Herself

Marc Platt ... Himself

Alexander Quiroga ... Himself
Cece Rafter ... Herself
Michael Rafter ... Himself
Michael Riedel ... Himself
Ken Roberson ... Himself

Stephen Schwartz ... Himself

Jeffrey Seller ... Himself
Sue Simmons ... Herself
David Stone ... Himself

John Tartaglia ... Himself
Jeanine Tesori ... Herself

Tom Titone ... Himself
Roma Torre ... Herself

Glenn Weiss ... Himself
Jeff Whitty ... Himself
Linda Winer ... Herself

George C. Wolfe ... Himself

Renée Zellweger ... Herself
Natalie Venetia Belcon ... Herself (uncredited)

Carol Burnett ... Herself (uncredited)

Kristoffer Cusick ... Himself (uncredited)

Susan Haskins ... Herself (uncredited)

Nicole Kidman ... Herself (uncredited)

John Lithgow ... Himself (uncredited)

Anika Noni Rose ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Dori Berinstein 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dori Berinstein 
Richard Hankin 

Produced by
Dori Berinstein .... producer
Robin Brown .... executive producer
Mitchell Cannold .... executive producer
Bonnie Comley .... executive producer
Alan Cumming .... co-producer
Stewart F. Lane .... executive producer (as Stewart Lane)
Wendy Riseborough .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jeanine Tesori (music score)
Cinematography by
Alan Deutsch 
Rob VanAlkemade 
Film Editing by
Richard Hankin 
Adam Zucker 
Sound Department
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... dialogue editor
Ira Spiegel .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Peter Heady .... DI finishing artist
Editorial Department
Richard Hankin .... supervising editor
Peter Heady .... HD Colorist
Margarita Jimeno .... editorial assistant
Tim Spitzer .... digital intermediate supervisor
Mike Trinker .... digital intermediate colorist
Mike Trinker .... digital intermediate editor
Music Department
Mariusz Glabinski .... music editor
Other crew
Helene Nielsen Beal .... director of distribution
Peter Heady .... finishing artist

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Rated PG for language and some sexual references
USA:102 min
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The song that Idina Menzel sings over the credits is a much-changed version of "Lullaby of Broadway," written by Al Dubin and Harry Warren. The song originally appeared in the Warner Brothers film Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)and won the 1936 Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was one of many Warren and Dubin songs eventually included in the 1980 musical "42nd Street" (based mostly, but not entirely, on their 1933 movie of the same name). The version that Menzel sings in this documentary was arranged by Jan Folkson and Jeanine Tesori and given an almost entirely new tune, as well as some new lyrics - a spoken interlude drawn from Harlem Renaissance poet Claude McKay's 1920 poem "On Broadway;" Billy Porter performed the McKay portion of the song.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A business like any other, 25 September 2008
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

"Show Business" provides us with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of four original musicals that debuted on Broadway during the 2004 season: "Wicked," an inside-out re-interpretation of "The Wizard of Oz," told from the viewpoint of the Wicked Witch of the West; "Taboo," a Rosie O'Donnell-backed chronicle of the life of Boy George; "Avenue Q," a parody of "Sesame Street," done with live actors and puppets; and "Caroline, or Change," a civil rights drama set in the Deep South of the 1960s.

The movie follows all four shows through their various stages of rehearsal, their opening (and sometimes closing) nights, their reception by audiences and critics, and their recognition (or lack thereof) by the Tony Awards. To bring this self-contained and exclusive world to life, director Dori Berinstein interviews a healthy dose of Broadway insiders and hangers-on, including producers, performers, writers, composers, fans and reviewers. The movie captures all the joy and heartbreak, along with all the pressures - both artistic and financial - that go into the creation of a Broadway show (there's a reason, after all, why they call it "show BUSINESS"!).

This doesn't quite qualify as a must-see documentary, but fans of musical theater - and of these shows in particular - should relish all the juicy backstage info they'll find here.

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